Wednesday, 16 March 2016


If 2014 was the year of Vietnamese and 2015 the year of Korean, it looks like 2016 may be shaping up to be the year of Peruvian. Luckily for Pastuso, it was well ahead of the curve, opening its doors to Peruvian cuisine a couple of years ago.

Sister to San Telmo and located off Flinders Lane, the venue itself has a dark and sultry vibe providing the perfect mood for any date night. This romance, of course, was lost on us as we headed there for a Friday work lunch. But how could we resist when they were offering a two course express lunch menu for $40 as part of the food and wine festival. 

The two courses comprised of traditional Peruvian cerviche and pork served with Peruvian sides. Having eaten at Pastuso before, I had incredibly high hopes for the cerviche. However, the dry roasted Andrean corn kernels gave the dish an unpleasant chalky flavour and the fish itself was slightly tough and chewy. 

The pork for the main was a generous serve, but the fat wasn't rendered and came out quite glutinous. The flavours, however, were spot on. 

While Pastuso didn't hit the mark on this occasion, in light of my positive previous experiences, I would be willing to give it one more go. 

Food: 2.5/5
Service: 4/5
Decor: 4/5
Total: 10.5/15
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